World’s leading multinational technology company, IBM has announced a multi-year deal with Overwatch League. IBM aims to bring its cloud computing and artificial intelligence technology to Esports. In this deal, IBM technology will be used in 2020 Grand Finals and the entirety of the 2021 & 2022 Overwatch League Seasons. 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals started from 8th – 10th October.
IBM and the Overwatch League
Through this deal, Overwatch League and IBM plan to work closely to develop technology solutions during 2021 Overwatch League Season. They will work on machine learning to improve the ranking system of League and utilize all capabilities to create the live broadcast predictive analysis.
Brandon Snow, Chief Revenue Officer of Activision Blizzard Esports said “We are constantly working on to give fans the ability to engage with the Overwatch League. We and IBM will work to do so, IBM’s AI and machine learning technologies will help us to bring innovative engagement to our fans and teams.”
Noah Syken, Vice President of Sports & Entertainment Partnership IBM, said “We are thrilled to announce that we are entering into Esports through the partnership with Overwatch League. We will bring our world-class cloud platforms to one of the World’s leading eSports platform. We are partnering to create the solutions which can help players, Organizations and Fans with the more engaging experience. We look forward to working with the Overwatch League, to bring innovative solutions at scale, to broad and relevant audiences.”
The announcement of the partnership between IBM and Overwatch League is IBM’s First entry into Esports. IBM has been part of the gaming industry since 1985, they are creating Chips, manufacturing hardware and providing Software for developers. In the last 35 years, IBM has worked with Esports and gaming companies through providing them NLP, PowerPC processors and Cloud technology.
About the Overwatch League
The Overwatch League is major global Esports league of Overwatch which worked on city-based teams across Europe, Asia, North America and Europe. Overwatch was created and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Activision Blizzard Entertainment is a professional game developer and distributor including Call of Duty League, Call Of Duty Challengers, Overwatch League, StarCraft II Esports and many more.